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Agri Aware releases educational video on Collaborations and Producer Organisations, as part of its CAP after 2013 video series for farmers and the general public


Agri Aware, the independent Irish agri-food educational body, has released a new video tutorial on Collaborations and Producer Organisations, as part of its CAP after 2013 video series.

The third of six videos, visits Imelda Kinsella on her beef and dairy farm in Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny. Imelda and her father Seamus, co-manage their farm and work within the Collaborations and Producer Organisations scheme of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Through Collaborations and Producer Organisations, farmers work in partnership to attain better market prices for their produce, because working together strengthens their bargaining power. The scheme also empowers farmers to ensure the viability and sustainability of their family farms.

The new CAP encourages both Collaborations and Producer Organisations, offering farmers the potential to contribute to rural development, by enhancing job opportunities fostering the development of rural areas and encouraging resource efficiency.

Agri Aware's Chairman, Richard Moeran, said "Agri Aware’s third CAP after 2013 video on Collaborations and Producer Organisations highlights the importance of farmers working together to ensure the sustainability of family farms. Through Collaborations and Producer Organisations, farmers can share their varied skills-set and build viable businesses that will ensure local jobs and the growth of rural Ireland.”

Chief Executive of Agri Aware, Dr. Vanessa Woods, added: "Our CAP after 2013 video series aims to educate and inform both farmers and the general public about the benefits of CAP to the consumer. The Collaborations and Producer Organisations video demonstrates just how important CAP after 2013 is for the viability and sustainability of family farms in rural Ireland. I invite everyone to log on to Agri Aware’s website, www.agriaware.ie to see how Collaborations and Producer Organisations works for both farmers and the general public."

Agri Aware’s nationwide campaign entitled 'Be Agri Aware-Put your thinking CAP on' CAP after 2013 video series aims to communicate the many benefits of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013 to farmers and the general public. The series focuses on six different aspects of the CAP after 2013, namely, Organic Farming, GLAS scheme, Collaborations/Producer organisations, Greening, the Young Farmer scheme and Areas of Natural Constraint.

Six farmers from across Ireland invite viewers to explore how the CAP after 2013 benefits their particular farm or rural area, how Irish farmers are adapting to the changes that the CAP after 2013 brings, as well as the benefits that it has for consumers.

To watch the video, click here

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Pictured on her farm in Co. Kilkenny is beef and dairy farmer, Imelda Kinsella